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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

6

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces fundamental skills for laboratory experimentation and modelling in engineering, including measurement methods, analysis of data and uncertainty, and basics of logic and programming. Students will perform laboratory experiments and simulations related to simple engineering phenomena and present the results of their experiments in written form.

 

Unit content

The scientific method

Measurement methods and sensors

Concepts of accuracy, precision and error

Analysis and representation of data

Programming and logic

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the concepts of accuracy, precision and error in relation to engineering experimentation Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 apply appropriate methods to make experimental measurements of simple engineering phenomena Knowledge of a discipline
3 apply basic skills in logic and programming to analyse, investigate and/or simulate simple engineering phenomena Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 analyse and interpret experimental data to draw appropriate conclusions Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 communicate details of engineering experiments in a suitable written form. Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the concepts of accuracy, precision and error in relation to engineering experimentation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply appropriate methods to make experimental measurements of simple engineering phenomena
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply basic skills in logic and programming to analyse, investigate and/or simulate simple engineering phenomena
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. analyse and interpret experimental data to draw appropriate conclusions
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. communicate details of engineering experiments in a suitable written form.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills